Week­end away

A HIS­TORIC PUB NEAR A FA­MOUS RIVER­SIDE DE­LIV­ERS ART, AR­CHI­TEC­TURE, GOOD FOOD AND FINE WALKS: AN IDEAL WEEK­END TICKLIST

The Simple Things - - ESCAPE - Words: LISA SYKES

An old-estab­lished inn at a well known beauty spot, where guests are guar­an­teed year-round, isn’t al­ways the best choice of a place to stay. But when some­where gets it right – as the 15th cen­tury The Sun Inn, sur­rounded by ‘Con­sta­ble coun­try’, does – it makes for a truly plea­sur­able week­end. Ded­ham Vale is an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty through which runs the River Stour, mark­ing the border be­tween Suf­folk to the north and Es­sex to the south. And it’s the set­ting for some of the most pop­u­lar and fa­mous English land­scape paint­ings by Con­sta­ble, who grew up here and cred­its the wa­tery, low-ly­ing scenery for mak­ing him the mas­ter pain­ter he be­came.

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